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CMC North 66th Annual Conference
Pathways to Mathematical Power
December 1 - 3, 2023

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA 

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2022 Keynote Speakers 

Friday Night 

7:30 - 9 PM Jo Boaler - The Dreamkeepers: Learning from Teachers who Promote Equitable Outcomes

Dr Jo Boaler is a Stanford Professor. Former roles have included being a maths teacher in London schools. She is author of 18 books, numerous articles and a White House presenter on women and girls. Her latest book is called: Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers. She co-founded, is currently one of the writing team creating a new Mathematics Framework for the state of California, co-leading a K-12 Data Science Initiative and was named as one of the 8 educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.

Sunday Morning

9 - 10:15 AM Kyndall BrownMathematics For All: Staying the Course for Equity in the Face of Adversity

Kyndall Brown has over 35 years of experience in mathematics education. Kyndall holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, master’s degrees in computer-based education and mathematics education, and a Ph.D in Education. He was a secondary mathematics teacher for 13 years. He has been a professional development provider for schools and districts in Los Angeles County for over 25 years. He is currently the executive director of the California Mathematics Project. He presents at local, state, and national conferences on mathematics education. He writes articles for mathematics education publications. His research focuses on the impact of culture and identity on the ways that African-American males learn mathematics. He is the co-author of the book Choosing To See: A Framework For Equity In The Math Classroom.

10:30 - 11:45 AM Kevin Dykema - From Math by Memorizing to Math by Understanding


Kevin Dykema has been an 8th grade math teacher in southwest Michigan for over 25 years and is currently serving as President-Elect for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics before starting a 2 year term as President in October 2022. He is the co-author of Productive Math Struggle. He also conducts many professional development sessions throughout the United States and loves working with others to help improve mathematics education for each and every student.



Friday Mini-Sessions (1:30 - 4:30 pm) 

Grades PreK-2 (Session A) Christine Roberts - Big Math for Small Learners: Developing Coherence

Build coherence in mathematics from PreK-2 by exploring the brilliance in children’s mathematical thinking, how mathematical ideas are connected within and across grade levels, and ways to align and support coherence across school and district systems. Examine student thinking and consider what details of student thinking you want to highlight, what you want to learn next about your students, and ways to plan for instruction that builds on children’s mathematical ideas. Engage in conversations about ways to create coherent mathematical experiences for students and plan for next steps in your classroom, at your school, or with your district.


Grades 3-5 (Session B) Kathy Morris - Math Motivating Maker Projects

Cardboard and tape, pasta and glue, paper and imagination! In this hands-on session you’ll experience how an engaging maker project can be used to kick off a sequence of standards-based math lessons that have been designed specifically to support emergent multilingual speakers. Learn how maker projects can create contexts for authentic math inquiries and provide rich language development opportunities. 

Through our NSF grant Make Math REAL (Realize Equity to Activate Learners, upper elementary teachers are designing and testing eight Maker Learning Cycles. For example, why not use slime or pasta racecars to investigate fractions? Imagine using an art project to motivate angle measurement, or a robot to help students unpack volume. Each of these projects targets important grade-level concepts and skills. 

At the end of the session you will have the opportunities to request early online access to Maker Learning Cycles that are currently being field tested. When finished, they will all be available for free as open-source curricular materials.


Grades 6-8 (Session C) Pamela Seda - Culturally Relevant Math: Not as Hard as You Think!

Many math teachers have a desire to use culturally relevant tasks but don’t know where to start.  Finding culturally relevant tasks starts with understanding your students, finding out what they are interested in, what’s important to them, and what they value. In this session, participants will learn how to start this process by making small changes to math tasks and working their way up to tasks that truly engage and empower all their students.

Grades 9-12 (Session D) Osvaldo Soto - Mathematical Thinking: Using Games and Puzzles

Do you want your students to be the generators of their own representations, conjectures, generalizations, and justifications? Come re-experience what it was like to be a student at play by exploring some new games and puzzles. Plan to have some meaningful mathematical and pedagogical conversations. In this mini-session we’ll explore some accessible games and puzzles teachers have been using in student-centered middle and high school classrooms to humanize math. Throughout the session, we’ll focus on identifying the ways of thinking you can promote with this content. You’ll walk away with a fun and interesting learning experience, a new friend, and something exciting to explore with your students.

General Interest (Session E) Harold Asturias - Focal Students: An Approach to See and Empower All Students

Deficit thinking permeates math education. We must empower our students at the margins and design mathematical powerful learning for all students. By focusing on a few focal students we create improvements for them that benefit all students in the classroom. Learn about a network—The California Action Network for Mathematics Excellence and Equity (CANMEE)—of educators who, by selecting focal students, are transforming their instructional designs through careful Lesson Study cycles of inquiry


Scheduled Speakers and Sessions as of 8/31/22 - Download Excel File (Subject to change)


2022 Conference Schedule - Subject to Change







1:30 – 4:30 PM

Preconference Sessions

Asilomar Grounds


3 – 7 PM


Surf and Sand


4 – 6 PM

Newcomer’s Session



6 – 7:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Merrill Hall


7:30 – 9 PM

Opening Session - Keynote Speaker
Jo Boaler




7:30 – Noon


Surf and Sand


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Merrill Hall


8 AM – 5:00 PM


Asilomar Conference Grounds


8 – 10 PM

President’s Party
and Affiliate Gatherings

Fred Farr Forum


8 – 8:45 AM

CMC Business Meeting

Surf and Sand


9 – 10:15 AM

 Kendall Brown - Keynote Speaker



10:45 AM – noon

 Kevin Dykema - Keynote Speaker